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General View of the Government and Administration of Siam, 1926 -

1926 - Times Press Limited, Bangkok - First Editions
A finely bound collection of these fourteen detailed works on Siam, published in Bangkok. Illustrated throughout with a multitude of photographic plates, maps and diagrams. A fascinating and exhaustive work, detailing all aspects of life in Siam.

The titles included are:-
1. General View of the Government and Administration of Siam.
2. Guide Book to Chief Monuments of Bangkok, Bang Pa-in, Ayudhya and Lopburi, with an Introduction on Siamese History and Religion.
3. Public Health and Philanthropic Institutions in Siam.
4. Education in Siam.
5. Resources.
6. Siam Natural features.
7. The Forests of Siam.
8. The Rice Industry of Siam.
9. Irrigation in Siam.
10. Lac Cultivation and Trade in Siam.
11. Mining in Siam.
12. Aquatic Resources and Fisheries of Siam.
13. Aviation in Siam.
14. Co-operative Movement in Siam.
 
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Camps and Trails in China. A Narrative of Exploration, Adventure, and Sport in Little-Known China - Roy Chapman Andrews, Yvette Borup Andrews

1918 - D. Appleton and Company, New York - First Edition
First edition, with two folding maps and illustrated with 58 photographs.

The popular narrative of the American Museum of Natural History's 1916-1917 Asiatic Zoological Expedition. The expedition was mostly in Yunnan, China, but also entered Burma, Tibet, and Vietnam. This focusses on their travel and adventures, for the scientific part of the expedition a separate detailed report was issued.

Explorer and naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960) was the expedition's leader, while his wife, photographer and filmmaker Yvette Borup Andrews (1891-1959) was its photographer and also kept daily journals of the trip. She also contributed six chapters to the book, including ‘
The Women of China’, ‘Stalking Tibetans with a Camera’, and ‘Prisoners of War in Burma’. 
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A Voyage Round the World, In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. - George Anson, Richard Walter

1748 - Printed for the Author, London - First Edition
A finely bound ‘Royal Paper’ copy of this beautifully illustrated work which ‘has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel’ (Hill), and ‘a model of what such literature should be’ (Cox).

Containing forty-two copper-engraved maps, charts, views, and coastal profiles, all but one folding, including views of Brazilian harbours and cities, Acapulco, Tenian, Port St. Julian, Magellan’s Straits, the Bay of Manila, Saipan, Lama, Lantau, Chinese junks, and others, and large folding maps of South America, the Philippines, and the Pacific Ocean, as well as a twelve-page subscriber list, and the two-page instructions to the binder.

England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area. Seven ships were lost and of 900 men 600 perished. As usual, scurvy took an appalling toll.

The Spanish fleet sent to oppose the British ran into storms; provisions ran out and many ships were wrecked. Thus the primary objective of the expedition was not attained. Anson, however, continued taking prizes off the Pacific coast during 1741-42, and in June 1743, near the Philippines, he captured the Spanish galleon
Nostra Seigniora de Cabadonga and its treasure of £400,000 sterling, which allowed Anson and the surviving members of his crew to reach England much the richer. 
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Reisen in China von Peking zur Mongolischen Grenze und Rueckkehr nach Europa [Travel in China from Beijing to the Mongolian border and return to Europe]. - Dr. Adolf Bastian

1871 - Hermann Costenoble, Jena - First Edition
A rare work on China, the sixth and last volume in Bastian’s series on Asia ‘Die Voelker des Oestlichen Asien. Studien und Reisen’. Text in German, bound in later blue cloth.

Adolf Bastian was an early pioneer of the concept of the collective unconscious and his writings greatly influenced Carl Jung. Bastian put the focus of his interest on customs and traditions of the natives. He brought the Berlin Anthopological Society into being in 1869 and became director of the newly founded Berlin Museum for Ethnology in 1886.
 
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Travels in North and Central China - John Grant Birch

1902 - Hurst and Blackett, London - First Edition
Birch’s fascinating and entertaining travel journal. John Grant Birch (1847-1900) was an engineer and businessman heavily involved with overseas railway contracts, in September 1899 he left England for China for the purpose of surveying the country of the Upper Yangtsze district with a view to railway enterprise. This having been accomplished, he travelled to Lanchow, intending to make his say to Peking, via the Yellow River and the Great Wall...

Illustrated throughout with 20 photographic plates and 37 photo illustrations in the text, all taken by the author.

Published posthumously as explained on the last page ‘
The two travellers could not be persuaded to renounce their intentions of proceeding to Peking. At Lan-chau they embarked on a raft to descend the Hwang-ho to Ning-hsia; two days later, on June 24th, the raft was wrecked and Mr. Birch was drowned. Captain Watts-Jones succeeded in clinging to a floating plank and escaped with his life, but, a few weeks later, was barbarously murdered at Kwei-hwa-cheng by the Deputy Prefect. The End’. 
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Chinese Pictures. Notes on Photographs Made in China - Mrs J. F. (Isabella L. Bird) Bishop

1900 - Cassell and Company, London - First Edition
A rare first edition of this title, containing a selection of sixty full page black and white plates from photographs taken by the great Isabella Bird Bishop during her journeys across China, one of the most famous Victorian lady travellers, and the first lady fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Each photograph is accompanied by a page of notes mostly dictated by Bishop specifically for this book. 
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Peking Und Umgebung - Boy-Ed

1907 - Verlag der Brigade-Zeitung, Tientsin
Canvassed backed colour map of Peking, 71 x 80 cm. Text in German and Chinese.

With original title, additional booksellers stamp and contemporary owner’s name to front covers

This map was also used for the photographic work of the same name published in 1906 by the printing office of the German occupation forces. According to Wittockiana very little is known about the author Boy-ed, who was first lieutenant and headed the German detachment of howitzers in Peking during the Boxer rebellion.
 
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La Montre Chinois. Relations de l Horologie Suisse avec la China - Alfred Chapuis, Gustave Loup

1919 - Attinger Frè, Neuchatel - First Edition
A superb and fine copy, text in French, illustrated with 33 colour and black & white plates, and 245 half-tone illustrations. Included is an introduction on ‘L’Horométrie et le Système cosmologique des Chinois’ by Léopold de Saussure.

A survey of European cosmological instruments and mechanical amusements introduced to the Chinese Imperial Court from the 14th century, and the elaborate Swiss timepieces made for that market in Europe and in China, the first seeming to be by Francois-Louis Stadlin, a Swiss Jesuit in China from 1707-1740. The whole is referenced with texts from the contemporary writings of ambassadors, merchant traders and churchmen; preceded by de Saussure’s essay on ancient Chinese cosmology.

Prominent Swiss makers included Charles de Constant in the 18th century and the Bovet family in the 19th century, and many examples of their timekeepers could be found in the imperial palaces.

Formerly owned by Le Comte Alain de Suzannet.
 
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